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Omar Khairat to perform in London on December 1

Saturday 18/November/2017 - 03:40 PM
Sada El Balad
Sada ElBalad-Yara Sameh

UK's Charitable Society for Childcare, FACE will host renowned musician Omar Khairat to perform a concert in London on December 1, at Southbank Centre at St John's Smith Square concert hall.

The association's director ، Nivine Qatari، is organizing this grand concert, which is held under the auspices of the Egyptian Embassy in London, to raise funds and increase awareness of the problem of street children and orphans in Egypt، who are cared for by FACE charity.

"It is a great honor for the legendary Omar Khairat to perform this concert in favor of our noble goal، and we are grateful to him and his musical team for their support of the association by coming to London to present this magical ceremony،" Nivine said.

The event is expected to attract nearly 1،000 fans of Omar Khairat.

The association is currently managing 4 shelters for orphans and two centers for street children. The association also plans to expand in other areas inside Egypt.

It is scheduled for Omar will hold two concerts at the Alexandria Opera House "Sayed Darwish Theatre"، from November (18-19).

It is scheduled for the 68-year-old legend to perform a number of his masterpieces.

Noteworthy، Maestro ‘Omar Khairat is famous Egyptian composer، pianist، founder and conductor of "‘Omar Khairat Band".

He was born in Cairo، raised in a family of musicians. His uncle is Abou-Bakr Khairat، the great Egyptian composer and architect، established the “Cairo Conservatoire” and enriched the Arab music with great symphonic pieces.

Influenced by this legacy، ‘Omar Khairat discovered new musical dimensions in the emotions and memories of the Egyptian and Arab personality.

He joined the Cairo Conservatoire in 1959، studied piano with Italian Maestro Vincenzo Carro and followed correspondence courses in music theory and composition with the Trinity College in England.

‘Omar Khairat shaped his musical identity as a professional independent composer achieving new musical visions characterized by deepness and richness.

He made his music debut performing in 1983 film “Leilet el-abd ala Fatma”. According to music experts and critics، ‘Omar Khairat's music bridges contemporary Arab music and Western music reflecting genuine maturity.

Moreover، he is considered to be one of the most outstanding composers presenting successful works like “Al-‘arraafa wal-‘otour al-saahera i.e. The fortune-teller and the Magic Perfumes (1989)”، and the “Arab Rhapsody (1992)”.

He also composed music for international events like the “National Feast of Oman (1993)”، the Inauguration Ceremony of “Bibliotheca Alexandrina (1996)”، “Carthage Festival”- Tunisia، “Operetta al-Sheikh Zaayed - Emirates (2000)”، “Panorama al-Abour” - Symphonic Poem - Cairo (1991)، “Fine Arts Cycle - Spain (2004)”، “October Celebrations (2000)”، “Celebration of the Royal Jordan River Institution (2005)”، “Jarash Festival (2003)، “Three Civilizations Celebration – Spain”، “Celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of the Egyptian Cinema” and many other.

He regularly performed at the Cairo Opera House and all the Egyptian and Arab ceremonies during the last fifteen years.

His repertoire includes more than fifty works for cinema and more than 20 in TV. ‘Omar Khairat received more than Arab and international awards such as; “Oman Award (1993)”، a Certificate of Merit and the Shield from the “7th Cairo International Song Festival (2001)”، the “Emirate Ministry of Media Award (2004)”، the “Royal Jordan River Institution Award (2005)”، Certificate of Merit and the Shield from the “Alexandria International Song Festival (2006)”، Certificate of Merit and the Shield from the “30th Cairo International Film Festival (2006)”.

In 2008، he received the Middle East Music Award (MEMA). ‘Omar Khairat married actor Jala Fahmy nad they got divorced. He is now married to Mrs. Naglaa al-Ghannaam، he is the father of ‘Omar (junior) and Sherine and he is the grandfather of Adam.

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